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Meet Our Board

Krista LeClair - President
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Krista is in her 7th annual campaign with Easter Seals Ontario after transitioning out of the world of Hospitality and Tourism Management and Conference and Hotel Sales. Krista has lived in Kingston for 13 years and is happy to call South Eastern Ontario home. Krista is the Senior Development Officer and sole staff for Easter Seals Ontario in the South Eastern Ontario region. In her current role Krista manages events, major gifts for her region and grant writing along with managing volunteers, donor relations, and everything else her small shop office throws at her; all in support of children and youth with physical disabilities in the SEO region. Krista is a proud Rotarian and Director with the Rotary Club of Kingston, a Chamber of Commerce member, active with the Kingston Ringette Association, and volunteers in the community as often as possible. Krista is passionate about philanthropy and community. Krista has been a member of AFP SEO since 2013 sitting on the 2015 NPD Awards Committee, Co-Chairing the 2017 Conference Committee and Chairing the 2018 National Philanthropy Day Gala.

Adam Say - Treasurer, Vice Chair & President Elect

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Adam’s fundraising career began in 2008, when (after thinking his time at Queen’s and in Kingston had come to an end) he heard of an interesting job opportunity getting to work for his alma mater and decided to move back to Kingston. Originally working on special projects for Queen’s, Adam’s role evolved into being part of the campaign team that planned and successfully completed the university’s 10-year, $640 million Initiative Campaign.  

Penny Bagnell -

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Penny has an extensive background in event management, including both large-scale public events such as the Canada Summer Games, and smaller more strategic Galas, Awards Ceremonies and Donor Stewardship events. She expanded her repertoire when she entered higher education fundraising for Queen’s University in 2004, working in both the Annual Giving and later, the Major Gifts portfolios. Upon leaving Queen’s, she worked in Project Management for Bombardier, where once again she proved that the skills of the fundraiser – relationship and project management – are valuable across sectors.  Penny's passion for making a difference brought her back to fundraising as Manager, Community Giving at CNIB for 2 years.  When the opportunity arose to transition to Direct Mail and Annual Programs as Senior Development Officer at Belleville General Hospital Foundation – she jumped at it!  Penny is a passionate fundraiser with a willingness and desire to continue to learn and grow in this profession.  Penny is thrilled to return to the AFP SEO team!

Nicole Beaulieu -
Education & Programming

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Nicole Beaulieu joined the Association of Fundraising Professionals in 2018.  She has been part of the United Way of KFLA Team for almost 2 years.  Nikki started at United Way KFLA as the Campaign Manager, and will now be assuming the role of Director of Workplace Giving in January 2019.  Previously, Nikki worked with a multi-national company as a Territory Manager of Sales.

Nikki has always had a passion for fundraising and philanthropy.   She volunteered with the Kingston School of Art as their Marketing and Communications Coordinator, the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life committee, and was the Ontario Delegate and Board Member for the Council for Continuing Pharmaceutical Education.

Born and raised in the Niagara Region, Nikki holds a B.Sc. (Hons.) and an M.Sc. from McMaster University.  Nikki moved to Kingston in 2008 and lives with her husband, and her three children. When she is not with family or working, Nikki spends her spare time at the gym with the Stone City Strength team in east Kingston.

Melanie Barrett - Marketing, Communications & Outreach

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Melanie is the Senior Advancement Associate at Albert College, an independent boarding and day school in Belleville teaching students from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12. Melanie has been working in the Advancement Office at Albert College for 12 years and has worn many hats including: Event Management, Marketing and Communications and Acting Director of Advancement. Her current role involves managing volunteers, outreach, fundraising and cultivation events, marketing and communications, as well as  soliciting donations, sponsorships and partners for fundraising initiatives and projects. Melanie is a graduate of Loyalist College and the University of Ottawa and was introduced to fundraising while studying Public Relations. Melanie has been a Board Member with AFPSEO since 2012.

Shannon Coull, CFRE - Past President

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Shannon is the Executive Director of the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation and is overseeing a $16.5 Million campaign which will result in a new hospital for Picton, Ontario. Before starting her role with PECMHF in June 2018, Shannon was the Director of Leadership Philanthropy for the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation and helped the Foundation to secure over $67 million toward the Extraordinary People, Innovative Health Care campaign. Shannon received her CFRE designation in 2016, is an active volunteer and has played many roles on boards such as the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Southeastern Ontario and the County Clippers Basketball Association. Shannon's career as a fundraiser began in 1986 when she started working in the arts with the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and then the Royal Ontario Museum when she focused on Corporate and Foundation Relations. Shannon began to focus on individual giving as well as corporate and foundation giving in 2006 when she joined the University of Toronto, School of Medicine's development team. In 2008, Shannon and her young family moved to Prince Edward County, where she was retained by Queen's University to help fundraise for the Faculty of Health Sciences and played a significant role in securing funds to help build the new School of Medicine Building, a $77 million initiative that received funding from the Knowledge Infrastructure Program and the balance funded through private donations.

Amy Doyle - Conference & Government Relations
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Amy has been active in the charitable sector as a donor and volunteer since her youth. Throughout her school days and into her university studies, Amy has always had a passion for social justice, the arts and health charities.

A graduate of English/Media Studies at York University, Amy began her career in media as a junior sales rep and rose through the ranks to Director of Advertising with The Intelligencer newspaper in Belleville. In 2010, Amy launched her own publishing and event company, Midpoint Productions. Amy and her Midpoint team successfully hosted health and wellness expos in South Eastern Ontario and produced print magazines and products including the popular Healthy Living Now Magazine.

Her career in the not for profit industry began in 2013 when she accepted a leadership role at the Canadian Cancer Society’s Hastings and Prince Edward Counties office. Later, Amy’s management extended to include the Durham office of the CCS as well, meeting targets in a time of ever-increasing challenges. In 2016, Amy began work as Associate Director - Major Gifts at University Hospitals Kingston Foundation where she was privileged to be part of the first-rate team raising gifts toward the $67M Extraordinary People, Innovative Health Care campaign.

Amy has served on numerous boards including Parkdale Community Health in Toronto, Downtown Belleville Business Improvement Association, the Canadian Mental Health Association Board of Hastings Prince Edward, Cheshire Homes of HPE and The Rotary Club of Belleville. She is thrilled to be joining the AFP SEO Board. Amy is married to Patrick and has two awesome teenage boys!

Donna Dwyer - National Philanthropy Day Awards

Heather Hayhow - 
Membership Chair
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Heather got her feet wet in the fundraising world as a volunteer, which sparked a passion for giving back to the community. Her volunteer experience led to an opportunity at United Way of Kingston, Frontenac Lennox & Addington. Through her role as Campaign Director at United Way, Heather was involved with all things campaign - organizing community events, engaging affinity groups, managing volunteers, delivering training, and with the help of a hard-working campaign team, providing support to over 350 workplace campaigns. In 2017, Heather joined the Boys and Girls Club of Kingston and Area, and is currently the Supervisor of Fund Development. With an incredible team, Heather works to develop resources and funds in order to provide a safe, supportive place where children and youth can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships and develop confidence and skills for life. Heather is passionate about building a strong community and is incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to work with the amazing volunteers, organizations and agencies that make KFL&A great!

Marie Miller -  
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Marie has been fundraising in Kingston for almost 15 years (over 12 at Queen’s University; the last more than two at St. Lawrence College). Her fundraising career began as the Development Officer for Queen’s Principal and VP (Advancement), developing strategic relationships with the highest level of donors.  She was the Major Gift Officer for the $20+ million Queen’s mini campaign that raised funds to develop new outdoor playing fields and refurbish Richardson Stadium.  She also secured funding for many of the varsity sport teams.  Marie served one year as a Stewardship Officer, developing a five-year plan for the department and creating the first online Annual Donor Report, saving the University thousands of dollars.  She spent her final two years at Queen’s as a Gift Planning Officer and had great success marrying her major gift skills with donors interested in supporting the long-term goals of the University.

Shortly after Marie began her career at St. Lawrence College (SLC), the Uncommon Campaign was launched with a $3 million gift from Brit Smith, the largest philanthropic gift received by the College to date.  Marie has developed a number of new donor relationships for SLC and re-established others that had been supportive of the College in the past.  Along with Marie, the SLC Development team has raised more money than ever in support of their students. 

Marie is known for her strong ability to develop long-lasting, mutually rewarding relationships and her natural stewardship skills. She has been a member of the AFP of Southeastern Ontario for over 15 years, and served as the Program Chair and Co-Chair of one of the first National Philanthropy Day events.  She is also a member of the Rotary Club of Kingston.

Marie feels honoured and fortunate to serve donors so they can make a difference in their communities in ways that are meaningful to them.